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Bay Bridge Toll Fee Climbs to $6 Starting July 1

The fees will be used to pay off state debt and bridge maintenance.

Crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is about to get a little more expensive.

The current round-trip toll fee of $4 for two-axle vehicles will be raised to $6 starting July 1, as part of the second wave of a phasing in of higher toll fees that began in November 2011. When the changes began, the toll fee was $2.50.

In a press release on the toll price change, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) said the toll fees were being used to pay off significant state debt.

"The plan is projected to generate approximately $90 million in its first full year to pay significant debt for rehabilitating MDTA’s aging bridges, tunnels and highways and for constructing additional highway capacity in the Baltimore and Washington regions," according to the press release.

The release also states that the toll prices are lower now, with inflation, than when the span first opened in 1952, charging passengers $2.80 plus 25 cents per passenger. According to an inflation calculator on the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics website, $2.80 in 1952 is equivalent to $24.57 in 2013.

Between July 2011 and June 2012, 28 million vehicles passed over the bridge, according to statistics from MDTA.

A list of some of the changes can be viewed here:

Vehicle Current Rate Starting July 1 2-axle $4 $6 3-axle $8 $12 4-axle $12 $18 5-axle $24 $36 6-axle $30 $45

A full listing of all toll fee changes can be viewed on the official MDTA website.

patricia June 15, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Liberal progressive socialists are NOT democrats. They run as democrats, they have hijacked the democrat party. Some of these morons are not afraid to tell us that they are socialists, it's the one's who hide as a democrat that need to be flushed out for who they really are. Every single democrat politician from the state of Maryland is a liberal progressive socialist. The problem is the low information voters who keep putting them back into office. Of course some voter fraud always helps.
Nick June 15, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Patricia.... so where are the democrats? Either there is only a small minority left or they disappeared from the US. Maybe they should join the Tea Party and try to get some sensible government back.
Nick June 15, 2013 at 03:41 PM
If you want it,then you pay for it. Raise local taxes if you have a special need. Why should people on the Eastern Shore pay for your road in Odenton?
Nick June 15, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Unfortunately Maryland has become California East. It's a lost state and the Democrats run unchecked. Your vote means nothing, they could care less, because the handouts outnumber the working class. All that's left is to vote with your feet or hand over your earnings.
sandy bannister July 15, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Casinos? What a joke, the only beneficiaries are the casio owners, period. They're complaining the take is lower this month, who cares? Anyone wanting to throw money away deserves no sympathy. The taking will expand National Harbor with Mike Miller's reduced licensing and larger give away to gambling consortium, that's old news. The people commuting you have my sympathy, but $30 a week, $1500 a year is probably less than living in AACO.

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